Solicitors suspended for chasing victims of Grenfell Tower fire to launch claims

Solicitors suspended for chasing victims of Grenfell Tower fire to launch claims

Grenfell Tower

A LEADING UK law firm has suspended two trainee solicitors after they were accused of ambulance-chasing victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

The employees reportedly sought to benefit from the tragedy by putting up a poster which offered legal support to people affected by the inferno.

The law firm concerned, Leigh Day, said they had no knowledge of the poster until it was brought to their attention.

The advert was headlined “Free Legal Support”, featured British passports and gave an email address for the two trainee solicitors which was different from their work contact details.

According to the Times, the poster said: “Our aim is to help you kick-start any potential insurance claims and review any complex documents.”

“We do not charge for the assistance we provide. However a third party may charge for their services.”

The Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner are both examining the poster amid wider concerns that Grenfell victims could be exploited by unscrupulous or unregulated advisers.

A spokesman for Leigh Day said: “Leigh Day have no prior knowledge of the posters displayed around the Grenfell Tower brought to our attention by The Times newspaper.

“As soon as the posters were brought to our attention, a full internal investigation was commenced under formal protocols. The two individuals concerned have been suspended whilst this investigation takes place.

“Leigh Day would never have given authority for the posters or their display and we are taking this matter extremely seriously.”

The North Kensington Law Centre, which is helping over 100 people who lived in the tower, said it was very concerned that families were vulnerable to exploitation.

As it stands, Leigh Day has no clients connected to Grenfell.

Last month, three Leigh Day lawyers accused of improperly pursuing murder and torture claims against British troops in Iraq were cleared of any wrongdoing.

*ARTICLE WRITTEN BY SAM SHOLLI FOR THE EXPRESS*